The build-up for the offensive to retake Mosul from the Islamic State (IS) jihadists who have held Iraq's second city since June 2014 was marked by a bitter squabble between Ankara and Baghdad over the planning.
But Erdogan had indicated that the issue was discussed in talks in the United States over the weekend between Turkish chief of staff General Hulusi Akar and US counterpart Joseph Dunford.
Turkey had raised concern over the possible involvement of Iraqi Shiite and anti-Ankara Kurdish militia in the offensive, while Baghdad had lashed out at the presence of a contingent of Turkish troops in Bashiqa north of Mosul.
But Erdogan said the Turkish troops -- whose task is ostensibly to train Sunni anti-IS fighters -- were in Bashiqa to stay.
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